Science at Reading covers a broad range of subject areas, including innovative, cross-disciplinary collaboration. Its four Schools span the human and environmental sciences (archaeology, geography, soil science and meteorology), as well as the physical sciences and technology (construction management, mathematics, computer science, cybernetics and electronic engineering).
Construction Management and Engineering
With a focus on policy change and the needs of society in relation to the built environment, the School has been influential in developing and improving the processes and techniques of the construction and manufacturing sectors. Its relationship with industry, professional institutions and governments around the world allows it to develop and transfer knowledge beyond the boundaries of the academic environment. In the latest Research Assessment Exercise (RAE 2008) 95% of research was rated as of at least international standard.
School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science
The School comprises two departments - Archaeology, and Geography and Environmental Science. Its research analyses the interaction of human and physical environments, encompassing the natural, built and social worlds. The School aims to further our understanding of past and contemporary human communities and natural systems, and to guide policy in sustainable development, governance and conservation.
In the RAE 90% of research for Archaeology was judged to be of at least international standard, with 40% world-leading. For Geography, 85% of research was classed as at least international standard, and 90% of Soil Science research (now incorporated within Geography and Environmental Science) was of at least international standard.
Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences
The School of Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences is one of the largest and most successful of its kind in the UK, incorporating Meteorology and Mathematics and Statistics. The School hosts major international research centres, including the NERC National Centre for Earth Observation, key parts of the NERC National Centre for Atmospheric Science, and the University's Walker Institute for Climate System Research. In the 2008 RAE, 75% of research in Meteorology was graded as world-leading or internationally excellent, the highest-graded UK department focusing on the fundamental science of weather and climate.
A large part of our current research interests in mathematics are at the interface of pure and applied areas, while the statistics group has expertise in several areas of applied statistics. In the RAE, 85% of its research was rated as at least international standard.
Systems Engineering has an international reputation for its innovative research across the broad disciplines of Computer Science and Information Systems, Cybernetics, and Electronic Engineering. Its research groups maintain worldwide reputations for theoretical work in a range of computing and engineering specialities and seek collaborations that allow us to apply understanding to aspects of security, health technology, digital society, and energy and environment. In the RAE, 80% its research was rated as at least international standard.